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20 Sep 2017
Les Mills partners Unicef for global fitness event
Les Mills partners Unicef for global fitness event   Global fitness brand Les Mills is teaming up with UNICEF to create a one-day exercise event, with money raised helping children and their families access safe water and better health care. Together with its 19,000 gym partners and 130,000 instructors, Les Mills and UNICEF will coordinate Move the World on World .... More>>
20 Sep 2017
New director and renovation for Scotland’s Kohler Water Spa
New director and renovation for Scotland’s Kohler Water Spa   The Kohler Water Spa at the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews, Scotland, is undergoing an £8m renovation and will reopen at the end of the year. Designed by architects Sedley Place, the 2,300sq m (25,000sq ft) spa facility will feature 11 treatment rooms, including two couple’s rooms and two wet treatment rooms .... More>>
20 Sep 2017
Sport Wales appoints first ever director of community engagement
Sport Wales appoints first ever director of community engagement   As part of its strategy to make sure sport “appeals to everyone”, Sport Wales has appointed its first ever director of community engagement. “With changing social trends, advances in technology and a whole range of opportunities competing for the Welsh public's attention, the new role will focus on ensuring .... More>>
20 Sep 2017
'Cage free' zoo proposal for Sydney granted planning permission
'Cage free' zoo proposal for Sydney granted planning permission   Plans to develop a second zoo in Sydney, Australia, have been given the go-ahead after local government officials granted planning permission to the AU$36m (US$28.8m, €24m, £21.3m) “cage free” project in Bungarribee. First touted in September 2015, the proposal for the Western Sydney Parklands – masterplanned .... More>>
20 Sep 2017
Summit Powder Mountain 'innovation community' takes shape on Utah ski slopes
Summit Powder Mountain 'innovation community' takes shape on Utah ski slopes   Construction is underway for a mountaintop retreat in Utah focused on entrepreneurship and innovation. Summit Powder Mountain, near Eden, is a ski village planned by architects and environmental designers Studio Ma to include residences and leisure communities that will host a year-round community of creative .... More>>
20 Sep 2017
Rosewood chosen to operate hotel in London's reimagined US Embassy building
Rosewood chosen to operate hotel in London's reimagined US Embassy building   Property developer Qatari Diar has announced the appointment of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts as the operator for a new hotel opening within London’s former US Embassy building in Grosvenor Square. The selection follows a lengthy process in which a series of international hotel companies submitted proposals for .... More>>
20 Sep 2017
Alberto Apostoli-designed spa opens at Portopiccolo eco-resort
Alberto Apostoli-designed spa opens at Portopiccolo eco-resort   A new luxury spa has opened at the Portopiccolo Resort in Sistiana, Northern Italy. Designed by Italian architect Alberto Apostoli, the facility is spread across three floors and covers a total floor area of 3,600sq ft (38,800sq ft). The ground floor houses the reception, hairstyling studio, a training pool .... More>>
20 Sep 2017
Ex-Premier CEO Debra Stuart appointed chair of The Training Room
Ex-Premier CEO Debra Stuart appointed chair of The Training Room   Former Premier Global Group chief executive Debra Stuart has been named chair of The Training Room PT, a training company specialising in personal trainer education. Stuart, a fitness industry veteran with more than 35 years’ experience, has been brought in a bid to "strengthen and enhance" The Training Room’s .... More>>
20 Sep 2017
On the wall: London’s National Portrait Gallery to stage major Michael Jackson exhibition
On the wall: London’s National Portrait Gallery to stage major Michael Jackson exhibition   The National Portrait Gallery, London, has announced what’s set to be a blockbuster exhibition exploring artworks portraying and inspired by the legendary singer Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson: On the Wall, which will take place between June and October 2018 in London before travelling to France, Germany and .... More>>
20 Sep 2017
Personal trainer rental model delivers £1.5m profit for Fitness Hut
Personal trainer rental model delivers £1.5m profit for Fitness Hut   Switching to a rental model for personal trainers will deliver a profit of £1.5m this year at Fitness Hut, CEO Nick Coutts has revealed. The co-founder of the Portuguese market leader said the organisation had to rethink its previous model – based on PTs keeping just 35 per cent of the revenue they made onsite – .... More>>
20 Sep 2017
Sweet! A Hershey’s day spa has opened in Pennsylvania
Sweet! A Hershey’s day spa has opened in Pennsylvania   Six exclusive dark chocolate treatments featuring ‘The great American chocolate bar’ are featured at a new day spa in Hershey, Pennsylvania, US. Melt Spa by Hershey – located in The Hotel Hershey on the aptly named East Chocolate Avenue – has a menu that takes full advantage of Americans’ love of the iconic .... More>>
19 Sep 2017
Culture at heart of Dubai Expo legacy plans as government unveils District 2020
Culture at heart of Dubai Expo legacy plans as government unveils District 2020   Dubai has revealed its legacy plans following the 2020 World Expo, announcing plans to turn the site into a multi-use urban leisure district following the six-month event’s conclusion. More than 80 per cent of the HOK-Arup masterplanned expo site will be reused after the international event closes, with a new .... More>>
19 Sep 2017
UNStudio completes Hangzhou 'city in a city' with wave-like tower complex
UNStudio completes Hangzhou 'city in a city' with wave-like tower complex   Dutch design practice UNStudio has completed a vast leisure complex in Hangzhou, with a pair of sinuous towers providing a dramatic new landmark for the Chinese city. The 400,000 sq m (4.3 million sq ft) Raffles City development – nine years in the making – has been conceived as a lively vertical neighbourhood .... More>>
19 Sep 2017
Dubai developer Nakheel reveals ambitious billion-dollar pipeline
Dubai developer Nakheel reveals ambitious billion-dollar pipeline   Dubai developer Nakheel has unveiled a pipeline of new leisure developments across the emirate, collectively worth AED4bn (US$1.08bn, €908m, £806.8m). The company used last week’s Cityscape Global real estate convention as a platform to announce the new projects, which are all phased additions its previous .... More>>
19 Sep 2017
Anantara launches river spa experience at historic Zambian hotel
Anantara launches river spa experience at historic Zambian hotel   Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas has expanded the wellness offering at the historic Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel with the opening of a luxurious new river spa experience. Consisting of three riverside spa gazebos, the new spa will offer guests the opportunity to enjoy spa treatments next to the .... More>>
19 Sep 2017
Legoland bringing VR coaster racing experience to Florida, Malaysia and Germany parks
Legoland bringing VR coaster racing experience to Florida, Malaysia and Germany parks   Merlin Entertainments has revealed plans to introduce a high-adrenaline virtual reality (VR) experience to rollercoasters in three of its parks. The all-new VR element will be available at Legoland Malaysia Resort, Legoland Florida Resort and Legoland Deutschland Resort, and will be an update to the existing .... More>>
19 Sep 2017
Spa industry veteran Blake Feeney joins Living Earth Crafts
Spa industry veteran Blake Feeney joins Living Earth Crafts   Blake Feeney has been appointed vice president of business development for specialist spa equipment supplier Living Earth Crafts (LEC). Feeney joins LEC from skincare and product house Chaleur, where he was VP of business development. During his career, Feeney has held numerous management positions with .... More>>
19 Sep 2017
Book4time makes it onto Profit 500 rankings in Canada
Book4time makes it onto Profit 500 rankings in Canada   Cloud-based spa software provider Book4Time has made it onto the Profit 500 list of Canada's fastest-growing companies. Ranking Canada's businesses by the amount of revenue growth over a five-year period, Book4Time placed 185th on the chart, after posting revenue growth of 348 per cent between 2012 and 2016. .... More>>
18 Sep 2017
Gilad Lang appointed to drive ‘ethical growth’ for The Madison Collection
Gilad Lang appointed to drive ‘ethical growth’ for The Madison Collection   Charmaine Lang, founder of Luxury linen manufacturer Madison Collection, has announced that her son Gilad Lang will step into the family business to help drive the company’s “ethical growth” globally. Gilad has taken over the role of vice president, business development, and will be tasked with taking the .... More>>
18 Sep 2017
LA's Burbank TV studios transformed into Blizzard Arena for eSports
LA's Burbank TV studios transformed into Blizzard Arena for eSports   Games developer and broadcasting giant Blizzard Entertainment has transformed a legendary Los Angeles television studio into a major eSports arena. The popularity of eSports competitions – in which opposing players compete at video games played online, often with thousands of digital spectators following the .... More>>
18 Sep 2017
Earthlite expands product portfolio with acquisition of Continuum Footspas
Earthlite expands product portfolio with acquisition of Continuum Footspas   California, US-based spa and massage equipment specialist Earhtlite has acquired Continuum Footspas, a manufacturer of premium pedicure products. Following the deal, Continuum will join Earthlite’s portfolio of wellness brands, which also includes Living Earth Crafts, Stronglite, and Inner Strength. .... More>>
14 Sep 2017
The University of Birmingham opens world-class sports centre
The University of Birmingham opens world-class sports centre   The University of Birmingham has officially opened an indoor sports centre, designed by British architecture studio Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, with the ambition “to provide future generations of the city’s athletes with world-class sports facilities.” The centre, which is open to students, academics and the .... More>>
18 Sep 2017
Legendary Astir Palace to become first Four Seasons in Greece
Legendary Astir Palace to become first Four Seasons in Greece   Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, together with Astir Palace Vouliagmeni SA, will spend €100m ($US119m, £88m) to transform the iconic Astir Palace into the Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens. Due to open in early 2018, the resort will be the first Four Seasons in Greece. The 1960s hotel is undergoing .... More>>
18 Sep 2017
Real Madrid plans interactive football experience in China
Real Madrid plans interactive football experience in China   Real Madrid football club has announced plans to create an interactive football experience centre as part of a major development in Zhuhai, China. Business conglomerate the Lai Sun Group is behind the development – an integrated tourism and entertainment project called Novotown – which will, in its second phase, .... More>>
18 Sep 2017
Malaga’s “grande dame” hotel opens botanical spa by Sisley
Malaga’s “grande dame” hotel opens botanical spa by Sisley   A new luxury spa has opened at the Gran Hotel Miramar in Malaga, Spain, as part of a €65m (US$78m, £57m) redevelopment of the historic property. Created in partnership with French product house Sisley, the new spa has a botanical theme and is spread across two floors. Facilities include six treatment .... More>>
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